“Anyone who seeks success or greatness should first forget both and seek only the truth. The rest will follow.”
Conservative Political Action Conference
Washington D.C., March 20, 1981
Picking up where we left off yesterday I want to take up the editor’s notion that I “can’t call the pro-life groups you mention liars.” Well sir, if a person tells a lie that makes them a liar according to Random House Dictionary:
Liar – a person who tells lies.
Lie – 1. a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.
2. something intended or serving to convey a false impression; imposture:
3. an inaccurate or false statement.
So, if the organizations I addressed in my blog submission sent out press releases referring to the Stupak or Nelson Amendments, and these press releases state that these amendments would prevent government dollars being spent on abortion, then it is at least a false statement and at worse one with deliberate intent to deceive.
Let’s take the five I addressed in my blog post:
Family Research Council (FRC) Action sent out an email in support of Senator Ben Nelson’s amendment that stated passage of this amendment “will ensure that abortion is not funded by government dollars.” Not true.
Focus on the Family (FOTF) Action sent out a press release decrying the failure of the Nelson Amendment to pass saying the “amendment would have prevented federal dollars from being used to pay for abortion in proposed healthcare legislation.” Not true.
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) sent out a scorecard advisory putting senators on notice to support the Nelson Amendment equating it to the Hyde Amendment. The letter went on to say “The Hyde Amendment specifically states that ‘none of the funds appropriated in this Act [the annual Health and Human Services appropriations bill], and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are appropriated in this Act, shall be expended for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion.'” Not true.
Furthermore NRLC stated that the Nelson Amendment “continues the federal policy of preventing the use of federal funds to pay for abortion or elective abortion coverage.” Not true, unless you think you have no choice but to abort a baby conceived through rape or incest (tell that to Rebecca Kiessling) or if your doctor advises you to because of health concerns (tell that to Tim Tebow).
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) sent out a press release after the Nelson Amendment failed passage calling the failure “a callous disregard for the protection of innocent human life” that ignores “the concerns of the American people.” Again, rape or incest babies or those whose mother’s life might be endangered are not included. The Hyde/Stupak/Nelson Amendments ignore “the concerns of the American people” who consider themselves “pro-life always.”
The Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List sent a letter to senators asking them to support the Nelson Amendment because “The amendment would ensure that health care reform legislation maintains the longstanding federal policy of barring taxpayer dollars for abortion on-demand.” Also not true.
Mr. Editor, just because these organizations and “the pro-life constitutional amendment grants the exceptions to abortion”, that does not make it pro-life, unless you are in the “pro-life except” category.
I understand the purpose of these exceptions; it is political pragmatism. But where has that got us the last 36 years? Over 50 million babies have been slaughtered and pro-life organizations pat themselves on the back for stopping government funded abortion, even though they never have.
Ask any average pro-life christian if they believe no abortions are ever government funded and the large majority will say yes. I know; I’ve asked dozens myself.
These are the wallets and pocketbooks that organizations such of FRC, FOTF, ACLJ, NRLC, and SBA List target and I am curious as to why these organizations do not openly state that babies will still be killed, paid for by taxpayer dollars, under the Stupak and Nelson Amendments, just as they have been for years under the Hyde Amendment?
I am really curious about that Mr. Editor.
These organizations either do not realize it, which makes them incompetent, or they do and that makes them deceitful.
And in my book…
…uncomfortable as it may be…
…makes them liars.
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